Project description

Woonpunt Schelde-Rupel (formerly the Zwijndrechtse Huisvestingsmaatschappij) is a social housing company that offers affordable homes to people who are unable to find this sort of housing on the private market. Social housing companies have to build homes that remain usable for a long time. Sustainability and low-energy are important principles in this project. The homes in the Schrijverswijk district were built in the 1960s, with little or no insulation of facades and roofs, single glazing and heating that has not been updated. They are as a consequence due for replacement. Woonpunt Schelde-Rupel sees this as an opportunity to redevelop the whole district and to look for an innovative approach to the residents’ needs.

The layout of the district is inspired by the concept of the garden district with grouped buildings. A number of the homes have been sold and are in private ownership. Woonpunt Schelde-Rupel is consequently not alone in its responsibility for guaranteeing the overall concept of the district. The characteristics of the district include the paths between the gardens behind the homes and the uniform scale, the similar arrangement of the facades and the colours used in them. The project area currently contains 131 homes. The area is 5.15 ha in size and has a density of 25 homes per hectare. Once this assignment has been carried out, the housing density will be about 40 homes per hectare.

The building programme involves replacing existing homes with multi-family dwellings and urban villas; between 130 and 150 housing units. 10% of the housing units are to be developed as an assisted independent living project in cooperation with Katrinahof vzw, with a focus on integration into the local housing structure. The building programme as a whole must take account of the principles of lifelong/adaptable housing.

The principles of the urban planning concept are given as part of this assignment and provide obligatory guidelines. The new buildings will be used to upgrade the district by means of judicious siting and by responding to the existing situation. This will maximise the value the open space in the district has for actual use. Part of the private gardens will be used collectively.

The layout of the open space (both private and public) must be arranged in such a way as to contribute clearly to a single concept. The ease of passage through the district and the introduction of a green ‘axis’ and successive small squares plays a crucial part in this. The proposal put forward by the submitter of the design should thus, in the vision for the district, go further than simply the design of the various units.

We are looking for a multidisciplinary team with knowledge and experience in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and the design of public space. The assignment also includes drawing up an overarching vision, which incorporates at least the following items: general approach, phasing (moving residents, etc.), layout of public space etc.

The project is divided into several sub-projects and the request is to develop a scenario for their implementation (private and public space, infrastructure etc.). The design team will have to cooperate with Woonpunt Schelde-Rupel, the local authority, the Flemish Social Housing Company (VMSW) and the IBOGEM waste manager (waste alleys).

The principal reserves the right not to award the sub-assignments. He may decide, with a new tendering procedure, to award the assignment concerned to a third party. If this is the case, the design team has no right to compensation.

Allocation Criteria

  1. The quality of the concept and vision and of the research by design, checked against the aims and expectations of the principal as formulated in the specifications:
    a. in a broad social framework
    b. more functionally applied to the user’s requirements
  2. the process-orientation and process-readiness
  3. the approach to sustainability
  4. the estimate of the cost of the project and the fee
  5. the composition of the design team

The respective weighting of the criteria is as follows: 4 / 3 / 2 / 2 / 1.

Zwijndrecht OO3609

All-inclusive study assignment for replacement buildings for the Schrijverswijk social housing district in Zwijndrecht

Project status
Selected agencies
  • BAS / Dirk Jaspaert, Bulk Architecten cvba, BUUR Bureau voor Urbanisme
  • Architectenbureau Bart Dehaene, Collectief Noord, denc-studio , LAMA Landscape Architects

Willem Elsschotstraat, 2070 Zwijndrecht
Area between Willem Elsschotstraat / Albrecht Rodenbachplaats / Hendrik Consciencestraat / Stijn Streuvelsstraat / Felix Timmermansstraat

Timing project
  • Selectievergadering: 4 Dec 2018
  • Jury: 24 May 2019

Woonpunt Schelde-Rupel

contact Client

Paul Claus

Contactperson TVB

Christa Dewachter


Design contest followed by a negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice

External jury member

Koen Drossaert


Depends on the number of dwellings to be built (min. 130, max. 150), in accordance with NFS2 or FS3 renovation. The estimated budget is €150,000 euro per dwelling (if 150 dwellings are built, the construction budget is €22,500,000) (excl. VAT) (excl. Fees)


Overall vision: €25,000 / Fee architecture: in accordance with the VMSW guidelines – scale 2006.1. Fee stability and technical installations in accordance with the VMSW guidelines: model contract type RI – 2005. Fee layout of grounds: 5,75%

Awards designers

€15,000 (excl. VAT) per candidate, 3 selected candidates


Selectiebeslissing 3609